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Independent panel on the global response to Ebola

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Harvard Global Health Institute have convened an Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. The Panel is holding its inaugural meeting in Boston this weekend. It will analyse the major weaknesses in the global health system exposed by the Ebola outbreak, and offer workable recommendations for medium-to-long-term institutional changes required to address them. Read more

Image: Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB. Credit: Flicker/NIAID.

How can we reach, treat and cure everyone with TB?

Progress against tuberculosis (TB) is being threatened by drug resistance and all patients with the disease should be tested to find out which treatments they respond to, according to a publication in the BMJ. As World TB Day approaches with this year’s theme of “reaching, treating and curing everyone”, David Moore, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and co-authors James Millard and Cesar Ugarte-Gil set out current challenges in the diagnosis, treatment and control of multidrug resistant tuberculosis globally. Read more

Two Syrian women wait to collect a prescription at a health clinic in Bekaa Valley Lebanon - credit Flickr/Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

Responding to non-communicable diseases in the Syrian health crisis

As the health situation of internally displaced people and refugees in Syria continues to deteriorate, experts in humanitarian crises and conflict from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are calling for urgent action on the issue of non-communicable diseases. Writing in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine with colleagues from the Syrian American Medical Society in the US and the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Dr Karl Blanchet and Dr Adam Coutts from the School say that while much focus has been on disorders such as leishmaniasis and poliomyelitis, many less visible and untreated non-communicable disorders – such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental health issues – are also highly prevalent in Syria and have caused the deaths and disability of thousands. Read more

Prof Martin MvKee is awarded the 2015 Donabedian International Award

Martin McKee receives healthcare excellence award

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health at the School, has been presented with the 2015 Donabedian International Award for his contribution to healthcare excellence at a ceremony in the Palau de la Música de Barcelona. Read more

Mother-to-child transmission responsible annually for up to 5,000 new Hepatitis C virus infections among Egyptian children

Hepatitis C virus Credit: Flickr/AJC1Up to 5,000 new Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections occur in Egypt annually as a result of mother-to-child transmission, according to a new study by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), published in the journal Hepatology. Read more

Switch to two dose HPV vaccine schedule is cost effective

Lesion in human cervical epithelium infected with human papilloma virus (HPV16). Credit: MRC NIMR, Wellcome ImagesReducing the number of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine doses from three to two, is likely to be a cost effective move, according to research carried out by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in partnership with Public Health England. Read more

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New global measure of disability to guide better inclusion in society for impaired people

A new standard global measure of disability has been published, allowing better understanding of impairment levels around the world. According to researchers from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the disability charity CBM, the new tool will help policy makers, service providers and researchers to improve planning and advocacy for better inclusion of disabled adults and children across society. Read more

Mental Health for Sustainable Development: joint All-Party Parlimentary Report launched

The Mental Health for Sustainable Development report, prepared by Mary De Silva and Jonty Roland, has been published by the Global Health and Mental Health All-Party Parliamentary groups. This blog about the report was submitted by Marguerite Regan, Research Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and member of the Mental Health Innovation Network. Read more

Dr Yeung during training with Personal Protective Equipment.

Responding to the Ebola crisis: School volunteer in Sierra Leone

Dr Shunmay Yeung, a paediatrician and Senior Lecturer of Health Economics and Policy at the School, recently travelled to Sierra Leone to support the response to the Ebola outbreak. She was responding to a call by the School for volunteers, after our Director, Prof Peter Piot, described the ‘moral responsibility’ institutions have to fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Read more